Release date:October 3, 2014
(limited; wide: Oct. 24)
MPAA Rating:PG-13 (for some teen drinking)
Screenwriters:Toni Hoover, Bram Hoover
Starring:Stephen Lang, Alexa Vega, Mark Hapka, Max Adler, Kimberly Jo Zimmer, Bram Hoover, Becky Ann Baker, Dylan Baker, Kevin Cooney, Scott Sowers, Isiah Whitlock, Jr. , Crystal Hunt, Timothy Busfield, Fred Dalton Thompson
When a high school football star is suddenly stricken with irreversible, total blindness, he must decide whether to live a safe, protected life or to summon the courage through playing football to step back into the world. "23 Blast" is based on the amazing, true story of Travis Freeman. A typical teenager growing up in a small town in Kentucky, Travis is a local hero on and off the field. In the prime of his youth, he is unexpectedly stricken with an infection that destroys his optic nerve; he becomes blind overnight. Under the influence of parents who love him, a physical therapist who challenges him, a coach who inspires him, and a best friend who he cannot bear to leave behind, Travis shows us what true bravery is by competing on the gridiron, helping his team advance to the State playoffs. We follow Travis and Jerry Baker, his closest friend, from the time they meet on the football field as kids through high school. Jerry's attraction to the dark side of teenage temptations threatens to pull the friends apart. It is only on the football field where they truly connect.